Welcome to my 3rd part of #RRS (Running Route Series)!
This time I am sharing with you my favorite routs in Lisbon for running.
I spent whole July in the capital of Portugal, the city which I really love! I love the climate here, people, culture, the weather… but it is not the easiest place for running, definitely not!
Because this is very hilly city, and most of the pedestrian walks are covered with brick stones. These are very tricky, slippery and not running friendly.
However I really enjoy Lisbon and running here, there is something in the air that makes it very encouraging and motivating to sneak through streets of the city.
Also if you are staying close to the riverside you can have an easy access to the lovely path along the riverside, nice and smooth without any hill 😊
Anyway, let me tell about my favorite routs around the city:
1) Park Monsanto
I stayed in North-West part of the city, located close to the Monsanto Park. This is the biggest park in Lisbon. This is an amazing option for trail/weekend long run when you can get lost between paths in the forest or jump into more solid rode, and hit the asphalt to the Monsanto Look Out.
I have been running there quite a lot , especially during the week when I wanted to run a bit off the city and enjoy quiet park with only few people around. Although, my very first run there happened in Sunday and I realized that this must be a popular spot for trail races as I passed many men and woman running up with me that sunny morning.
2) ‘Classic 10’
This is a custom-made name of the route 😉. I made it up to call the route I run starting off from my house heading around Park Eduardo and running all the way down along Avenida de Liberdade, the main alley in Lisbon. Over there brickstones on the street did not bother me, as they are spreading out in such an elegant way all the way along the Avenida, which may make you feel like a Queen/Kind of the city 😉
Once you run down the alley, you turn in … … street and hit exactly at Plaza (main yellow plaza of Lisbon) with the view over Tagus. Amazing beginning of the day! Than head toward Cais Sodre (the train station that connects Lisbon with Cascais) and.. head up! Yes… This is the moment when you really need to shorten your stride, higher up your cadence, and regulate the breathe. Over 3 kilometers of uphill street won’t get any flatter! This is a good opportunity to really work on you running strength (be careful with the traffic, the streets are very narrow! I usually was running just on the road (against cars), or hopping off to the pedestrian walk once it was too tight – when you cross a big bus… )
I would recommend to run this route either early morning on weekdays when the traffic is mild or during the weekend when there is almost no one, only lazy locals / tourists watching you through the coffee bars and thinking “omg, this girl is crazy… “
3) Make it longer
As and addition of route 2 – you can lengthen your run and pass Cais de Sodre and head towards Ponte 25 Abril (Bridge of 25th April) – which is a landmark place in Lisbon.
Once you get there and make a selfie for memory you can either continue your run towards Belem which is in total 7km long (Lisbon – Belem) and end of for coffee and pastel de nata in one of the most famous pasterias there. Or head back / up toward Lisbon and run via Rua Maria Pieta to my neighbourood.
4) Park Eduardo – this park is definitely a must to visit and see while you are in Lisbon. It spreads in the north part of Lisbon where is an awesome look out over the city. You can enjoy the view over the city and have a good workout running down and up the park which has many paths to cruise around.
As a continuation of my Summer in Lisbon, comes today’s post. In July I stayed in Lisbon so I have a chance to get to know the city pretty well.
Undoubtedly, a big part of travelling is tasting diverse cuisines!
Portuguese food is one of my favorite. It is based on high quality produce, local ingredients fruits, vegetables, seafood, meet, cheese. Everything is here!
And… oh lord the coffee… I have never been a coffee person but it is hard not be a one when you travel here. I can definitely say that coffee here is better than Italian! (Sorry my Italian friends 😉 )
Below I list you some great places for quick bite / food /drink ! Hopefully, you will have an opportunity to check them when you travel to Lisbon!
Located close to my neighborhood I stay. It is a very nice coffee place, yogurteria and bakery. The bread is baked just there. You can try many kinds of fresh bread and buns, accompanied with tasty salads. This is a very nice place for quick lunch during the week or brunch and meet friends there during the weekend.
On top of this, the place runs on their freshly made yogurts. Fresh yogurt with seasonal fruits there is definitely a must!
And coffee… oh la la. Very good, very tasty. Any kind espresso, caffe latte, cappucino, they have them all!
I found this place accidentally and it was fantastic! Real Le Petite Prince in Portugal! Great interior, comfy seats, yummy lemonade. You will be welcomed by very friendly owner who has book Le Petite Prince almost in every language and listens to Polish music over there!
That is him who told be about his Polish friend who is a chef of Miramar in the South of Costa de Caparica.
Real Persian experience in Lisbon! Beautifully located restaurant, close to the quiet garden in Baixa Chiado. The service and menu is superb. I have eaten great soup with meat balls and finished with lovely cake. Amazing place for lunch/dinner with outdoor seating as well as some work as they have quiet corners inside.
Surfing, coffee, concept store and tasty bites in one? Boutik has it all! Really cool place with young vibes inside, great interior and design inspired by Ocean and surfing! If you want to seat or real hammock and drink something while your buddies are shopping, that is the place, where you should go to!
This is an exceptional place! I went there with friend of mine to celebrate one of my little success (I will share it with you in few weeks 😎 ). It was definitely one of the most unforgettable dinners. Once you walk in and get seated apart from tasty manu you an choose your dinner directly – from the LADA and talk to the waiter about way to prepare your seafood. Raw (with sushi / sashimi ) , grilled or cooked ? In whatever combination you dream of, you can get your food prepared the way you will never forget.
Typical local restaurant where you can feel like at home. Very simple typical Portuguese cuisine with incredibly low prices and great value of food! Either you eat fish or meat, you will find something for you. Lunch + wine + coffee for 7 euro. That is what you get there 🙂
What Summer time would it be without scoop of gelato (ice-cream)?! I discovered this gelateria very first evening when I arrived to Lisbon now and I must say that their custom made ice creams are incredible! Smooth, delicious and full of flavor! My pistachio and coffee ice cream that night definitely made my day!
Portuguese people love being outside! Hence that the idea of Quiosque(‘s) come along! Basically this is a concept of little bars/cafeterias located very close to cute parks/squares where you can enjoy coffee/happy hour drink/light bite. Being outdoors and accompanied with live music as well. Could it be any better?
I might write more and more about such a places, as Lisboa has very wide offer of gastronomy, bars and restaurants. I hope the examples above will mark you up an idea of some places where to go and encourage to look for similar places on your own as well 🙂
Between castings, jobs and running (of course 😉 ). I had a little bit of free time when I could explore beaches nearby Lisbon and I want to share with you this experience.
If you look, at the map, you can see that Lisbon is not located at the ocean, as some people thinks wrongly, the water you can see on pictures from Lisbon is Tagus River. Luckily, city is located very close to the real beaches and Ocean.
Have you heard that Portuguese beaches have been awarded for being the best ones in Europe?! 🙂
Let me tell you about the seaside villages I have explored so far:
This is a little gem located 30 kms away from Western Lisbon. It is very easy to get there – all you need is to take a train from Cais de Sodre to Cascais. I bet you will not miss a correct platform as there are always so many tourists around
*** My advice is to buy the ticket, either the day before or upload your ticket/metro card before you go to Cascais, as the line to the ticket machine can be very long! Very first time I was going to Cascais, I did not know about it and I spent almost an hour at Cais de Sodre :O ***
Ticket is 2.50 euro per person (if you buy a ticket card, or if you have it you can upload it for 2.25 euro per trip)
Once you have your ticket, you can travel straight to Cascais. The train stops locally on every little village on its way. So you can choose and get off a bit earlier if you want to explore another places. This map below shows you a route of the train.
If you head directly to Cascais, you can explore there its local beaches. I always end up at Praia Rainha. This is one of the smallest beaches, located literally 3 minutes’ walk from the train station ;).
Obviously, it is little packed (now in the high season), but it is a little beach, with calm corners and rocks where you can lay down/hide.
The other beach is Praia da Conceição which is much bigger but also much more commercialized (with bars/beach beds/umbrellas). So, you can choose what you like more.
If you get hungry I can recommend you a lovely cafeteria – Restaurante Paixao. In my opinion Portugal serves one of the best coffee in Europe and this place ain’t any different. I can bet that you will love coffee latte (Galão) the same as I did over there!
After afternoon drink/snack it is a good idea as well to walk along the seaside through the sidewalk and enjoy the view.
I highly recommend the stroll towards Lisbon, from Cascais to Monte Estoril, Estoril and even further, especially during ‘golden hour’ when you can feel a lovely breeze and take fantastic pictures!
2) Costa de Caparica
Located across the riverside from Lisbon, Costa de Caparica, maybe is not the most beautiful seaside resort but it is a good start point to touch an Ocean and move to the South toward Paisagem Protegida da Arriba Fóssil da Costa de Caparica (Nature Reserve).
To get to Costa de Caparica, you can take local bus TST from Lisbon that goes frequently now in July and August. (you can check their timetable and the most suitable busstop for you at movitapp. ) it takes around 30 minutes to get there and you can be just at the Ocean and ready to dive into water… surf… or… rent a bike! That is what I did 😉
I rent a bike at local rental store. (It costed me 9 euro for all day… not the cheapest, especially that my bike was not in good condition at all… rusty and making funny noise from the very beginning of my trip. ) But I really wanted to make a bike tour that day so I was ready for an adventure!
From Costa de Caparica, first 3-4 kilometers you can enjoy riding through a promenade and enjoying a lovely Ocean view to your right. After a sidewalk is finished, you need to turn a bit towards the main road and cycle through the outskirts of Caparica. I did not notice many cyclist on my route that day, in fact maybe just a few… then at around 6th-7th kilometer of your ride you will notice a slight uphill (odcinek) [that I honestly I walked with my bike on the side as I did not want to break a chain…] after that you should turn right into dirt road.
Do not worry, this is an absolutely safe and actually a good quality road! Perfect for cycling (with a proper bike I guess it would be even better 😊).
From there you will have around another 3 kilometers that goes slightly down towards little fisherman/hippie village called Aroeira.
Once you cycle through this laid back town you can feel that the time has (almost) stopped there.
I has my lunch stop at place called Petite Miramar that was recommended to me by the owner of small coffee place (Le Petit Prince – I will write about it in the next post) I had been 2 days before my cycling trip. He told me that friend of his, Polish girl, runs Miramar and I should definitely check it out. Which was a indirect/ reason and goal of my cycle trip.
Joja (chef of Miramar) served me really yummy and fresh lunch, with a local fish for the main course, which are very easy to get as most of the locals there are fishermen!
What would this cycle trip be without a dive into the Ocean?!
The water around there is absolutely fantastic! It is not warm but very refreshing and surrounded with super wide beach with almost no people!
I would recommend you to check this route and villages below Costa de Caparica whenever you have a possibility!
After this beautiful afternoon, I needed to cycle back to Costa de Caparica. I needed to walk again my bike for a few times when I felt that sand and hill might be too hardcore for my “too cool for school” bike but overall I was extremely proud and happy when I arrived back to the rental shop. ith I would not expect from my ferrari these a little bit more than 20kms at the beginning of the day 😎
Hope you will find this post useful and you will be able to get to one if this places once you are in Lisbon. There is no doubt you will like them! Sandy, clean, wide with lots of sunshine!
Since we are in full Spring now, it is high time to talk a bit more about the fresh vegetales which are the most tasty this time of the year.
Today I want to give you a closer look for one of the most seasonal veggie right now… Asparagus!
White, green or purple? Which asparagus are you fan of? My favorite are the green ones, grilled with little bit of olive oil and company of good cheese are delicious! 😎
Fresh asparagus are really yummy and nutritios, below you can read what they are good for 🙂
Health benefits of aparagus
Low calories source of vitamins and minerals
Asparagus is a low-calorie vegetable. 100 grams of asparagus contains only 25 calories!
It is an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, especially folate and vitamins A, C and K, which is an essential nutrient involved in blood clotting and bone health.
Asparagus is a good source of antioxidants 🙂 including vitamins C and E, flavonoids and polyphenols. You may aready know that antioxidants prevent the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may reduce your risk of chronic disease and prevent you from cancer disease.
Help lower blood pressure
Thanks to potassium contained in asparagus, a mineral that can help lower high blood pressure. Since that asparagus may contain an active compound that dilates blood vessels that leads to lower a blood pressure. !!! High blood pressure affects more than 1.3 billion people worldwide and is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke !!!
Serve as natural diuretic
Asparagus nutrition has the unique chemical properties to act as a natural diuretic, which means asparagus promotes the production of urine. This increases the excretion of water from the body, in particular ridding the body of excess salt and fluid.
The fiber in asparagus helps to improve digestion because it moves food through the gut. One serving of asparagus contains more than a gram of soluble fiber, which is helpful to maintain and keep a healthy digestion.
How to buy and prepare asparagus?
Asparagus is delicious and easy to incorporate into your diet. Espescially now, when it is the best season to eat them. They are affordable and widely available at most grocery stores and local markets. When shopping for fresh asparagus, look for firm stems and tight, closed tips.
Once you buy them, you can consume them fresh and raw or cook in a variety of ways, including boiling, grilling, steaming, roasting… It is only up to your imagination!
Awe yourself and your friends with tasty salads, stir-fries, frittatas, omelets and pastas or an excellent side dish.
Watch out your urine after eating asparagus!
You may ask now “What?!”. Yes, you read it right.
The truth is that our bodies convert asparagusic acid into sulfur-containing chemicals that stink… So do not be surprised when after having a dish with asparagus you will notice a funny odor in the toilette.
This post is a continuation of Running Routes Series (#RRS)
The first part you can read here -> RUNNING IN MILAN
The second part you can read here -> RUNNING IN LONDON
I am writing this post while I am seating on the plane, on my way back to Europe. My time in Chile has finished. I have spent there almost 6 weeks which is long enough to run around and get to know the city quite well 😎
Hence that, today I am sharing with you my running routes in Santiago de Chile (with extra bonus). I hope you will find it helpful when you ever get a chance to visit this city 😊 (I am lucky to writing about this now, since I take it as a good sign that I am slowly back on track with my running and I have really healed my injured leg!)
It sounds really funny, but Santiago indeed has its own Manhattan! And there is nothing to be ashamed of! It is nice and safe area to run around and explore some skyscrapers while running (in the morning you can notice real traffic going on there!) and…. Alpacas 😊
I was lucky to stay in Santiago very close to the River (although it is hard for me to name it ‘river’ as this stream was basically luck of water. I think it changes during Fall/Winter time there). Along it there is a great cycle path and running path. Really good for these both sports! I used It a lot! As a runner – going all the way north and as a cyclist – going south in order to reach city center and other suburbs in Santiago 😊.
The path looks relatively straight but it is actually hilly! You can feel it while cycling/running north! But then you are soooo smooth when it comes to head south! 😎
This is a great park located next to the River Path. About 2 kilometers up north from the Sanhattan. Very nice place for a morning shake off and pleasant jog around the park… WITH FLAMINGOS INCLUDED! 😊
Probably the best spot to go for a real (sweaty) workout! For everyone who loves hills and to get tired in such a way, this is definitely a place to go! You do not need to go all the way up (6kms!), however when you reach the top you will be pleased with the lovely view over Santiago from San Cristobal. What else do you need in the morning 😊 ?
There are many cyclist training over there, be aware of that as when they are going down…
THEY ARE F-A-S-T!
Discover (almost all) city and sign up for Santiago Marathon/Half Marathon 10 km race !
This is probably the most rewarding run that you can do in Santiago!
To do that, you must sign up for the race that happens, as far as I know, in the first weeks of April!
I participated in 10k race which was a “test” for myself after injury and I passed it 😊 My time 42m:45s was beyond my expectations, since I only started my trainings after injury in March.
The 10k race course run through the city center – Plaza de Armas, Andres Bello Promenade, Santa Lucia hill.
For more brave and trained people – you can choose also Half Marathon or make it big during Marathon! It is a really big event! During this edition there were over 30.000 participants ! :O
Make it wild and go to Atacama!
In the end of March, I decided to explore Atacama end spent few days around San Pedro, exploring beauty of the nature.
Between my day trips I was jogging around this little village that seemed to be lost in time… Small, wooden houses, settled down in the middle of desert, pure hippie lifestyle, ! with many dogs (they seemed to be friendly ad behaved but… I am always scared of dogs while running :/). However, I must say that running at the altitude of over 2000m beyond sea level…. Definitely, makes a difference in running! (:
At this point I want to make a note that I made vlogs from my trip to Atacama! Watch Episode 4 – that shows the most important spots including: Lagoonas Altiplanicas, El Tatio Geysers, Valley of the Moon and much more! Watch Episode 5 – that shows my thrilling cycle trip around San Pedro landmarks. Actually that was a real adventure, including lots of bike, climbing and hike!
Check out my youtube channel and give me a shout! 😊
As usual, in case of any questions, please do not be afraid to ask some questions. I will be happy to help you 😊
Since I am in Chile now, I am surrounded by South American food. People who live here are lucky to have so easy access to the diverse and really nutritious food! I am sure that you must have heard about some of them, for example Quinoa, Chia seeds? Do they sound familiar to you? If not, do not worry. Below, in this post I will describe my favourite 5 superfoods from South America that you may want to (and should) add into your daily diet.
Acai berries are South American berries that are high in amount of the antioxdiants. They have even more health benefits than commonly known blue berries. Additionally, acai berries lower risk of heart disease and cancer. They are very often consumed in Brasil as the ingredient of ‘acai bowl’ which is a delicious alternative for breakfast. It is usally made from blended acai, banana, milk, oats and some seeds (but you can mix up the ingredients however you want and play around!).
Most likely, you will find acai in some health markets in puree packs, juice or powder form. Since they lose nutrients quickly, it’s best to buy them frozen.
This tiny, orange fruit is exceptional in terms of its high Vitamin C content! Believe me or not, but camu-camu has 40 times more vitamin C than oranges! It comes from Amazonian forest, helps to boost the immune system and neutralize free radicals.
The most common way is simply adding camu-camu powder to smoothies/fruits shakes (due to its sour taste it is good to sweeten it up with a table spoon of honey 🙂 )
Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants and full of fibre, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium. They are also good for lowering cholesterol.
Chia seeds absorb water easily and form a gel when mixed with water. I heard that chia seeds are also a good substitute for eggs in vegan diets.
Personaly, I like to add them to yogurt with some fruits. It gives a ‘funny’ texture and fills you up quicker and for longer due to its content of fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids.
Probably you will find maca in store on shelf in powder form. But maca is actually a root (!) also known as Peruvian ginseng. It is a highly nutritious vegetable that contains plenty of fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin and thiamin. Maca root has been associated with a number of health benefits. One of the most intersting is the fact it that it has been touted as a natural remedy for women’s hormonal imbalances and contributor in boost of fertility.
Often mistakenly considered as a grain, Quinoa is a seed in fact. Originally cultivated in Peru. It is real superfood, great for vegetarian and vegan, due to its high protein content as well as for celiac people since it is naturally gluten-free. Additionally it has high levels of B vitamins and minerals.
There are few diffrent kind (colors) of quinoa. For example, red quinoa is also an excellent source of flavonoids and antioxidant properties.
These are 5 South American foods that I have been using in my kitchen recently. Try to look for them in your bio/eco shops. I am sure that you will find them easily!
After spending over 10 days in Chile already, I am able to write a little bit about my first experience here in Santiago de Chile.
It took me over 26 hours door-to-door from my home town (Lodz) to get here to Santiago. My trip included: train from Lodz do Warsaw, fight Warsaw-Paris and second leg Paris-Santiago, which was over 14 hours long! It was the longest flight in my life. Surprisingly the flight went faster than I expected, and those 14 hours did not feel that long!
If you are curious about this travel, I encourage you to watch -> this episode on my youtube channel 😊
People are very, very nice! Open-minded and friendly. Also, the fact that Chile is a Spanish-speaking country, makes me to love people even more here. 😎
Santiago de Chile…
…is SUPER BUSY Since it is one of the largest cities in South America with over 7 millions population! It is visible especially during rush-hours. Whoever complains about traffic in Europe, probably has not experienced the REAL traffic here!
…is a VERY MIXED city. Modern, laid-back, gray, green, poor and rich… Santiago has it all! There are many neighborhoods (barrios) that differ a lot between each other. BELLAVISTA – is very easy going, pleasant area with lots of art, murals, beautiful houses, small bars and stores.
SANHATTAN – (yes, Santiago has its own MANHATTAN 😉 ) is a very modern district, with sky scrapers, high buildings and lots of white-collars people walking around.
PLAZA DE ARMAS – one of the main plazas in the city, Surrounding the square are some historic buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, Central Post Office Building. It is full of tourists, locals, restaurants, shops as well.
…has wonderful urban park – called PARQUEMET. It is placed in the north part of the city. Within Parquemet area is located the second highest hill of Santiago called Cerro San Cristóbal (San Cristobal Hill), Japanese Garden, numerous routes for runners/hikers/cyclists. You can discover the parc from the higher perspective – taking a cable car that links the base of the hill with the top.
…has the craziest street market! MERCADO DE LA VEGA is a huge market located in the heart of Santiago. You can find everything there, food, fruits, vegetables for much lower prices than in average supermarkets, as well as, textiles, bars, restaurants. Its vibe is totally uncomparable, you must watch my vlog from my visit there last week
…has amazing WEATHER. I am lucky to be there now at the end of the Summer and beginning of Autumn. The weather is fantastic. Fresh, chilly mornings (with average 12-14 Celsius) and 26-28 degrees during the day, without humidity and wind, this simply makes a perfect time of the year to visit Santiago!
To my surprise, it is not that cheap as I expected. The prices are rather high and like in some European cities such as Milan/Berlin/Barcelona
Local currency is Chilean pesos. 1 American Dollar = +/- 660 Chilean Pesos
To have a better understanding, here is a list of some basic grocery and bar prices:
1.5l of water – 800 pesos
1kg of bread – 1,500 pesos
1kg of cheese – 6,000 pesos
Lunch at restaurant 5,000-9,000 pesos
Espresso at bar – 1,200 pesos
BARS & RESTAURANTS
Santiago has a lot of cute outdoors bars which are perfect for study/work
By walking around the city, I discovered few coffee bars / local restaurants that I would definitely recommend to anyone who visits Santiago: café Beppo – located close to the Shopping Mall in quiet street of nearby residential area. Has a lovely patio and smart menu with reasonable prices.
La Maison Nice – I discovered it by accident, on my way to casting, it is a colorful bar/restaurant with mosaic tables and shadowy area, perfect for drink/lunch/weekend brunch.
Espeacio Diana – this is really a jaw-dropping place! One of the most atmospherical restaurants I have seen in my life. This place is a must if you want to experience a magical evening! It is located on the backyards of the old church. Its interior and design amazes, “the mess” and “disorganization” makes such a charm here, there is everything mirrors, old staircase, rustic beds in the dining areas…. And vine… yes do not forget about Chilean vine! It is simply the best 😊
If you are sensitive to change of water and different bacterial flora, you may suffer due to Traveler’s Diarrhea. Unfortunately, ☹ I was unlucky to get poisoned from the ice cubes from the fresh juice I ordered during 2nd day of my arrival here…. Afterwards I spent 40 hours in bad, poisoned, with fever as well… I did not expect it may happen to me here but it did. (Similarly like in Turkey/ Israel) Be prepared and take some medicines with you, electrolytes in powder to dissolve in water. In local pharmacies look for DIAREN (this drug helped me to recover!)
Drivers are crazy 😉The like too (over)use their car horns. With or without any reason, simply be careful when you are crossing the street, especially in the city center!
I hope that this guide will help you to get to know Santiago a little bit. More posts are coming soon but in case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, I will be happy to help you. 🙂
Two days ago the media published a terrible news “Karl Lagerfeld dies aged 85”.
I am still thrilled and shocked. I can’t believe that Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most iconic personality, the most powerful fashion designer, passed away.
Unfortunately, I have never had an opportunity to work with Karl Lagerfeld but certainly it was one of my dream to meet him in person. His unquestionable talent and professionalism will be missed.
Karl Lagerfeld was born on 10 September 1933 in Hamburg. From his early year, he was working in fashion and dedicated his entire life to it. His vision and passion changed the world.
He worked with the most famous fashion houses, as the creative director of Chanel and as the creative director of Fendi. Additionally, he created his own brand called ‘Karl Lagerfeld’.
His characteristic style – black glasses, white collar and fingerless gloves, would be remembered forever. Karl had a legendary charisma and was known for a sharp humor, but that is why everyone loved him as KARL LAGERFELD and adored his work, style, fashion and photography. His entire career and achievements had a huge impact on the 20th and the21st century.
I made a research and found top #10 the most inspiring quotes of Karl Lagerfeld. I believe those words willmake all of us to think.
You can apply them in every aspect of our life, no matter if you work in fashion business or not. They are unique and timeless for me.
“The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.”
“Never use the word “cheap”. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.”
“Don’t look to the approval of others for your mental stability”
“Stuff your brain with knowledge.”
“I want everyone to wear what they want and mix it in their own way. That, to me, is what is modern.”
“Music gives color to the air of the moment.”
“Keep the best, forget the rest.”
“I like to reinvent myself — it’s part of my job.”
“I love classic beauty. It’s an idea of beauty with no standard.”
“I’m very much down to earth, just not this earth.”
Karl and his extraordinariness will be missed. The world has lost one of the greatest.
Hello guys today I am writing about the unpleasant topic.
The topic that I thought I would never write… maybe I said it wrong, the topic that I would never like to talk about, I’m talking about INJURIES.
(I also can say that this will be a long post, so get yourself a good cup of tea or coffee 😊 )
Yes unfortunately, I’ve got injury 6 weeks ago.
And I totally didn’t expect it. I think this is the most annoying part of injuries that you can never expect them. But, unfortunately they do happen and one of them happened to me.
In my previous post about my running achievements in 2018 you can read that it was very prolific year! I really wanted to start this new year 2019 full of energy.
On December 31st, I participated in my very last race of 2018. It was pretty awesome cross-race (10km). I finished it with my personal best. My final time was 41 minutes and 15 seconds, improving the result from 2017. I felt really great after the race, without any pain.
However, probably it must have been the beginning of my injury. Since the same night during the New Year’s Eve party with my friends I felt a tiny and itchy pain in my groin. It was a bit awkward but nothing major. I ignored it and I didn’t care about it that much.
The following day I woke up only with sore muscles after the race. I stretched them and everything was ok.
The following days I run 1-2 times that felt really good.
I arrived to Milan and had fartlek run on January 4th and long run on January 6th. That Sunday was my last run, my last long weekend run.
While I was running, I accidentally felt ache in my groin as someone was pointing it with needles inside muscle. That was very difficult to explain.
I felt that my (left – injured) leg did not want to move as smooth as I wanted. I got back home and as soon as I stopped running, I walked… but I could not walk!
I felt really sharp pain that didn’t allow me to move my leg and I think I’ve been lying on sofa for about 15 minutes before I took of my shoes, clothes and went to take shower. That was really bad sensation which I had never experienced before. I realised that IT WAS NOT GOOD. But I didn’t want to panic. However, I remember that day and any simple activities: having a shower or grabbing something from the floor, standing on a single leg (my left injured side) was hurting me like a h**l.
That day I couldn’t even walk with my friend and get to the car and get off the car! We planned to go ice skating that day… But I ended up looking at my friends from the podium and freezing next to the ice rink instead of skating with them.
My very first night Sunday/Monday was a real nightmare. I couldn’t lie straight or toss around in my bed. I could not find any comfortabe position for myself in the bed.
The following days (the first day, straight after injury, as well!) I’ve been putting lots of arnica gel and ice on my leg. On top of this I was taking some anti inflammatory drugs. However, after two, three days there was no significant improvement. I started to understand I really need to see a doctor so I could get diagnosed and receive proper treatment. But… that is when my mystery only begun.
You can believe, or not, but I have visited 5 different doctors since I got injured and… I still do not know what I am/was suffering for.
First doctor (without even touching me 😀 (!) told me I got strained adductor and advised me to take an antiflammatory drugs and rest for few more days.
However, I felt that this pain is not reason of my pain, so I went to another doctor. He advised me to stay at home for 2 weeks, using crutches and not walking/moving at all.
For me that was still not a clear diagnose. I needed to find the reason and source of my pain not only to lay down and wait for marvelous cure.
At the same time I was still doing my castings and working… I was incapable of putting trousers while standing on one leg. I really had a problem!
Day by day, my pain was slowly fading but still I was limping and walking like a zombie 🙂 bended towards my left side and pulling my leg behind me, stopping every 200 meters since I got the cramps.
But! Let me say something, I have found a solution. I was moving around the city and doing my castings with bike! That was a relief and NO PAIN at all during cycling. Only the walking (And running…) was causing me a pain. Taking it a bit futher I slowly started incorporating streching and strengthening exercises and going to the gym. Pain was decresing… BUT WAS STILL THERE!
I started to google and search on YouTube, I have managed to ‘self-diagnosed’ probably 10 different kinds of injuries, including hamstring syndrome, pubaglia, hip pain, tendenosis, hip dyslocation, lipsosas muscle strain. Literally almost every kind of injury you could imagine.
I managed to go to physiotherapist but he couldn’t help me. He adviced me to see another doctor. I visited him the day after. But doctor couldn’t do much, he prescribed me only a prescription for X-Ray and RMI.
It was the moment that I got scared!
Before having had my X-ray and RMI done I went to another recommended doctor to make examination with ultrasonography. During the visit he told me that all my muscles were completely fine, he found ONLY a tiny stretch around outer hamstring. He asked me also “Have you ever broken your hip/ leg? Have you got any crush? In past?” I was shocked, answered “No, I have never had”, which was a true.
He told me that there is some visible stretch around outer hamstring tendon and I suffer for hamstring syndrome. He recommended me to stretch my hamstring, strengthen glutes and core muscles.
You will hate me and say that I am crazy, but I was confused. I did not want to believe it is hamstring as this dull, itchy pain was still in my groin. My mind started to overthink and I had no choice and no more doubts I really needed to make the X-ray and RMI.
The following day I had my X-ray done (during the examination I asked the lady to take quick picture from the screen so I could share it with the doctor who advised me it).
Straight after leaving the laboratory, I sent it to him and he texted me “Aleksandra, you need to rest. There is probably a stress fracture in you hip”.
I was shocked :O. “Fracture?!” “In my hip?!” “How can I have a broken bone?!”.
Doctor was not 100% sure and he told me to not stress until I had my RMI done.
I made an appointment for the soonest possible date, in three days.
The following day, I received the official report from X-ray laboratory done by radiologist. The report said basically that I am completely HEALTHY, THERE ARE NO STRESS FRUCTURES. BONES, JOINTS were completely fine.
Having this reported, I was getting crazy and asking myself “Doctor says it might be a stress fracture”, “Radiologist says my hip and bones are 100% healthy”
The only hope to solve the problem was in RMI.
Finally I had it done. I was eagerly waiting for the examination. (It was my first RMI in my life. Actually I had expected it to be worse. In total it was quite easy and relaxing :D… Ok, a bit boring… Laying down for 15 minutes in small room with huge machine over my lowerbody… But it was quite realxing actually, I almost felt asleep! :D). Anyway, in two days I expected to have the report and results.
I picked it up on that day… and… The results of RMI said that my muscles, bones, tendons, hip, leg… WERE COMPELETELY HELATHY
WOW! I sent it to the doctor, he said that in that case if X-ray and RMI were negative (meant they did not diagnosed anything) that means I only need to fest few more weeks and stretch/strengthen exercise, and come back to run in couple of weeks…
So I visited 5 doctors, made my X-RAY, RMI, USG and there was still no clear answer why was I suffering.
I sent the reports to the doctor who made my ultrasonography examination and he asked me to visit him the following week. Few days later I again went to him and showed my x-ray and RMI. Eventually, he said there is no stress fracture. I pointed him one spot on the x-ray (marked earlier by my best friend. The spot was close to the pubic bone).
Doctor was not 100% what is it but after analyzing my talks and history of injury he gave me a diagnose: “Avulsion fracture”
Having that said, I started to google it and most of the symptoms look like mine, so I am 90% sure that this my real injury.
Taking into consideration all different opinions and diagnosis I am a bit sceptic. Luckily, I am got home on Friday for two days and I managed to visit sport-physiotherapist so to be 100% sure and finally calm what is/was wrong with my hip.
Now I feel almost no pain and I have green light to start little jogging. With plenty of stretching, strenghtening, rolling every day!
Having those 6 weeks out of running had the drawbacks and positive sides at the same time.
Being not able to run for this period was heart-killer as the weather in Milan since I arrived had been amazing! Very sunny, dry, chilly weather perfect for running!
But I’ve been going to gym, I’ve been cycling around the city (what is very surprising is the fact that cycling didn’t hurt me at all during this time period!), I’ve been going to the swimming pool every second day and I improved my swimming skills for breaststroke and crawl.
I learned also that since it’s been really difficult to understand what is going on, I will advise to myself and all of you that if you ever got any kind of pain or ache don’t ignore it! You should always check it and pay attention. As one more training can exclude you from the sport for a long time. It is better to slow down, take few days of break, week, make a treatment and check it. If body gives a signal you should really stop. Never ignore any different ‘ache’ and ‘pain’. I am not talking about sore muscles but If you have a sensation of something ‘completely new’ that it NOT OK.
I am with good thought that the injury is slowly going away and I am working to make a good solid plan not only for now to heal but also for future. To involve and change some of my gym routine exerices and add more runner-specific exercises, more stretches and smarter running training.
I hope that I am on a good track and I will make make the best out of 2019.
Have a safe running! Take care of yourself and your health!
Will keep you posted about my running.
I am back to Milan since beginning of the year. I feel like I am slowly getting more Italian and getting some Italian habits 😉 . Let’s talk about one of them…
Italy = COFFEE, right?!
I can bet that a cup of aromatic espresso is one of the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Italy.
But! Let me tell you that here in the country of pasta, pizza and gelato (ice-cream) there is an alternative to a regular coffee… Caffè d’Orzo !
Barley coffee, café de cebada (in Spanish), cevada (in Portugese), kawa jęczmienna (in Polish), all above name the same awesome drink!
Let me tell you why barley coffee is just SO good!
It is caffeine free!
Orzo is made from roasted ground barley grains, which can be put through a regular coffee maker or espresso maker. It doesn’t contain caffeine, caffeine-avoiders can enjoy it.
Barley coffe supports the digestion system since it contains inuline which promotes peristalsis of intestines.
Limit the risk of various cancers including: colon cancer, blood, bone, skin, pancreas, bladder, pharynx, lung and others.
Delays signs of wrinkles and age-related aging. Regulates the level of sugar in the blood and thus protects against diabetes.
Full of minerals
Barley is a source of thiamin, niacin, folate, riboflavin, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium— all essential vitamins and minerals!
Tasty and great for kids!
Orzo coffe is a really tasty hot drink. Kids can drink it with a little bit of almond-milk (to make it a bit sweeter).
It is a great alternative for morning beverage in the winter time.
Cheap and affordable
You can grab it anywhere in Italy. It is very popular drink.
Once you are in Milan or any other Italian city, you must try this aromatic coffee.Personally, I recommend to buy it and prepare yourself at home, anytime! 🙂